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Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, struck the Philippines in November 2013 with winds of up to 190 mph (305 kph). At least 10,000 people died in one Philippine province alone.

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USS George Washington leads US fleet out of Hong Kong for Philippines

The fleet cuts short its Hong Kong stay as the UN seeks US$301m to aid Philippine recovery

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 November, 2013, 5:20pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 November, 2013, 10:26am

The United Nations yesterday launched an appeal for US$301 million for typhoon-ravaged Philippines, and US warships left Hong Kong on a mercy mission to deliver aid.

"We are certainly expecting the worst. As we get more and more access we find the tragedy of more and more people killed in this typhoon," UN humanitarian operations director John Ging said, after Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared a "state of national calamity".

Nearly 10 million people, or 10 per cent of the Philippines' population, have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, while 660,000 have lost their homes. The Philippine government said more than two million need food.

Many countries have pledged aid, including a modest amount from China, which has been embroiled in a bitter territorial dispute with the Philippines.

The nuclear-powered USS George Washington, carrying about 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, was joined by four other US Navy ships that cut short their stay in Hong Kong.

They should arrive in two to three days, the Pentagon said. A British warship, currently in Singapore, is also being deployed.

"There will be food, water and medical supplies that meet us in the area, and then we'll provide the logistics lift required in order to get those supplies from the logistic ships into the beach," said Captain Thomas Disy of cruiser USS Antietam.

The United Nations said 10,000 people were feared dead in Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte where five-metre waves whipped up by 315km/h winds flattened nearly everything in their path on Friday.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos praised the international community's reaction since Haiyan hit but said much more needed to be done.

China, where the typhoon killed several people, has promised US$100,000 in aid to Manila, along with another US$100,000 through the Chinese Red Cross - far less than pledged by other economic heavyweights. The state-run Global Times said China should show generosity, despite tensions with Manila.

Japan has offered US$10 million and Australia US$9.6 million.

Jennifer Ngo, Agence France-Presse, Reuters

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scmpcuty
No matter how much we sometimes hate the US for their arrogance and ignorance at the same time, can't deny the fact that its they who always come to the forefront with helping others , govt and ordinary citizens alike. I call that the one true trait of a superpower if nothing else. And its not about flouting money.
fsk999
HK$800,000 from China!!!
160 million from the USA, 120 million from the UK. 80 million from Japan...
SpeakFreely
It is not just money from government, it you tune into American news channels like CBS, NBC, CNN etc they have more coverage with touching stories and encouraging people to donate money and supplies to help.
jiawang@adb.org
China lost an opportunity to create warn ties with the Filipino people.
Had China immediately sent medical teams and construction crews to the Philippines to work among the Filipino people, it would have undermined any future anti-China propaganda used by the corrupt Philippine Government.
China could have organized an effective people-to-people aid program that it would counter the US and Japanese public relations show.
Now, the corrupt Filipino Government will use China's clumsy "aid" attempt to create hatred and contempt among the Filipino people towards China and Chinese.
liukuei
The NY Times mentioned in passing today that the Philippines won't let the U.S. military re-open the control tower of Tacloban airport, much like the U.S. military did most efficiently in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) and Sendai (Japan). If the NY Times report is true -and it's credible - it's really a shame that the Philippines would expend its most distressed citizens to show national pride. They have to get out of the way, I hope the Philippines government can just do that.
johnny.les.5
I am just wondering that no one talked about Saudi and Arab Gulf Fund for UN Development who just donated $100.000 ? Such rich countries? Qatar who show up with their Megaproject cost billons of Dollars donated $000000000, pity also 0 at beginning!

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